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Real Madrid to wear black armbands in honor of
99-year-old soccer fan

October 22, 2009 |  1:36 pm
Real Madrid photo Real Madrid’s longest-serving soccer fan has died. He was 99.

Felix Perez Alvarez, who died Thursday of natural causes, started supporting the professional football club based in Madrid in 1923 and remained a paying member for the next 86 years.

During that time, Alvarez watched Madrid win 31 league titles and nine European Cups.

Known as the team’s “No. 1 fan,” he was honored by the club several times, most recently in 1992.

Team officials say Real Madrid will wear black armbands to honor Alvarez during its match Saturday against Sporting Gijon.

-- Associated Press

Photo: Real Madrid players at practice today in Madrid. Credit: Emilio Naranjo / EPA